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Little change as area waits for new rain

March 3, 2011

HANG IN THERE ... Only one foot or less separated this birdhouse from floodwater along Piqua Rd. north of Decatur on Tuesday. The water moved higher, so the birdhouse may now be a birdbath. (Photo by Eric Mann)

    Conditions were mostly on hold in Decatur and Adams County today as everyone waits to see what happens in the next 48 or so hours.
    "Not a lot has changed. Everything that was closed yesterday is still closed today," Decatur Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said early this morning.
    The US 224/Jackson St. area remained closed this morning and while E. Monroe St. was passable, Gilbert said nighttime travelers on the street should use extreme caution. "There are some icing issues there; (where water is over the road) it gets very slick."
    The ice was salted around 5 a.m. today, he noted.
    County Highway Superintendent Mark Mitchel had the same report: the 14 roads closed Wednesday morning remained the same today; 13 of them were in the southern end of the county.
    While relatively nice conditions are expected in Decatur today — partly sunny skies and a high near 42 degrees — the big concern begins tonight. The National Weather Service says there is a 50 percent chance of rain overnight, mainly after 1 a.m.
    Chances of rain rise to 80 percent Friday and 90 percent Friday night as mild temperature readings continue. Rain chances for Saturday are listed at 90 percent in the daylight hours and 60 percent at night, with some snow possibly mixed in at night.
    Then that will do it for precipitation for a few days, the weather bureau said.
    The St. Marys River has barely risen overnight, standing at 22.3 feet in Decatur at 7 a.m. today. At the same time Wednesday, the river was at 22.26 feet. The weather bureau has said it should crest at 22.7 around 7 tonight.

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